California has the sun. Oh the beautiful sun. Florida has the beaches. They’ve got Pennsylvania beat by a mile, but William Penn’s commonwealth does have one thing they can only dream about: Snow Days.
I woke up the other day to dreary skies and a forecast of several inches of snow and ice. Most of the local schools had already called off. My wife was called off from her work. My son was off. I thought about my drive into work. The more I thought about it, the better a work from home day, from the comforts of my home office, looked. When I thought about it some more, I decided taking a must-needed vacation day and having a snow day myself was the absolutely best answer.
For the un-initiated, a snow day is when schools and businesses close because of extreme weather like a heavy overnight snow and you get a day off that you weren’t really expecting. Oh it still means shoveling snow and living with Mother Nature, but a day of shoveling snow is a heck of a lot better than fighting crazy drivers to get too and from work.
Hence, snow days are every kid’s dream, no matter the age, be it 10 or 110.
Checking the radio
When I was a kid, snow days were the absolute best. You’d have a math test that you were dreading and you’d be exhausted from staying up late to study. You’d finally fall asleep and then you’d wake up in the morning, look out the window to see a bed of snow on the ground. You’d race to turn on the radio to listen to see if you’re school was closed. You’d be on pins and needles until miraculously the announcer would list your school as being closed.
Thank God for small favors. You’d sleep in a little longer or get up to watch cartoons on TV, whatever, just as long as you didn’t have to go to school.
Now most people like to complain that schools are too quick nowadays to call snow days. They talk about how we didn’t have as many snow days back in the day. I can’t say. We walked up hill both ways back then too. In any event, I remember having off a lot, but whatever the case, I’m glad my son was home.
Fast Forward to the Present
We didn’t get a ton of snow, on this day, just a couple of inches, but the roads were still a mess.
In the end, I logged-in to crank out a few work emails, but I ended up taking the day as a vacation day. I probably could have planned my day off better, but it still came at the absolute best time. I got the rest I needed and I didn’t have to risk my life getting home from work. Now another day, it might not work out quite as well. On this day though I didn’t have that problem.
Thank God for snow days.